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Poster: jeffzkrazie Date: Feb 14, 2011 11:20am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: TV Shows in question

I have actually seen a FEW episodes from each of those shows air on some TV-Stream channels on TVU Player that supposedly plays tv shows and movies that are in the Public Domain.

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Poster: quigs Date: Feb 14, 2011 1:40pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: TV Shows in question

a few years ago on IA, Suspense (the show of 50's) was here until someone blew the whistle and reported it it as not P.D. There is one program of playhouse 90 here, "The Plot to Kill Stalin" with Melvyn Douglas. I think maybe one or two programs might be here; it's worth a look.
I got the Suspense shows on DVD before they were yanked off.

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Poster: jeffzkrazie Date: Feb 14, 2011 3:06pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: TV Shows in question

Yeah, umm, I don't think they should've gotten yanked off, which episodes were on here quiggy? and can somebody please do a search for "Johnny Sokko and his Flying Robot" I googled "Johnny Sokko & His Flying Robot Public Domain" and plenty of sites showed up that the show is public domain but I want definite confirming that it is indeed PD.

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Poster: DoctorBotanus Date: Feb 14, 2011 10:59pm
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: TV Shows in question

Sokko is a little different in that its copyright is owned by a foreign company. American International Pictures bought the rights to distribute it in the USA in 1979. Orion Pictures who bought about half of AIP's properties distributed eight episodes on VHS in the 90s. Presumably this was to honor an option to renew its right to distribute it. The versions that
are in legal distribution for download on ITunes, Amazon, etc
are from Orion Pictures. Now. Even if Orion's rights to the program were to expire, they would only need to renew these rights with Toei Japan, the true owners of the program.

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Poster: Administrator, Curator, or StaffLum Edwards Date: Feb 15, 2011 2:43am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: TV Shows in question

Hiya Jeff, I uploaded 88 suspense tv shows and I know everyone of them was renewed in 1986 as "new matter". That would have been between 2 and 7 years too late for a valid renewal. Falcon Picture group headed by Carl Amari was the claimant. It was a totally bogus claim.

If someone else cares to research it I would welcome a second and third opinion. I spent a while encoding and uploading the shows.

Mike D.

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Poster: jeffzkrazie Date: Feb 15, 2011 10:22am
Forum: classic_tv Subject: Re: TV Shows in question

To Lum: That's what I'm saying, I still feel that they are indeed Public Domain and they should be uploaded to this site regardless. As I've stated above, I know some stations on the TVU Player that air episodes of "Suspense" and the only air stuff that is in the public domain.

To DoctorBotanus: This is what I don't get. If a FOREIGN country has renewed Johnny Sokko's rights than doesn't that only apply to Japan, not the USA? Because Johnny Sokko aired in the USA as well during its original run. That's the question I'm trying to get answered.